First Gay Woman Joins Australian House of Representatives

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Angie Bell, a businesswoman, author, and musician, became the first openly gay woman to join the House of Representatives in Australia as part of the Liberal party.

Bell, 51, understands the weight of her rise to the House, but says she wants to be remembered for more, according to SBS News. Bell says she was the first in her family to attend college on scholarship, breaking out of her low socioeconomic background. 

“I think it’s important that as many minority groups as possible are represented in the House of Reps. It is the House of Representatives. I think it should be representative of the community in Australia,” Bell told SBS. “It’s very humbling that I was the person chosen to represent the community.”

Bell served as the president of LNP Women, which pushes for more female representation in Parliament.